Nvidia has not even tried to release separate drivers for mining – their cards are designed with professional workloads in mind. For example, Nvidia cards are used to make aerodynamic weather models.
Nvidia does not need special drivers for mining, neither does AMD
By default, Nvidia hardware is built for workloads: scene rendering, computing, rendering protein molecules, neural networks, etc. Since mining is math, the drivers from green already include everything you need.
GeForce has long been able to “Compute” mode on video cards, by default
The principle of operation is the same as for AMD – the video card uses all its power to solve mathematical problems. However, we are talking about permanently enabled computing mode. There is no need to switch a separate checkbox.
Before you start installing the drivers, you should understand that the material covers GTX and RTX video cards of the 10th, 20th and 30th ranges. Older video cards like the 900s or 700s are not suitable for mining.
How to properly install an Nvidia driver for GTX graphics cards
- Step 1: Open the [Auto Install Drivers page via the GeForce panel].
- Step 2: Click the green “Download Now” button
- Step 3: Run the downloaded installer
- Step 4: Click “Next” and uncheck the boxes next to “Bing” or “Make xxx your default search system”.
- Step 5: Wait for the installation to finish, restart the computer.
No other action is required.
Nvidia used to have a compute mode, but only for older graphics cards The mode was used by Maxwell chips – the graphics cards of the 900 line and only. In the new versions of drivers for video cards of the 10th generation and above, there is no such mode. The drivers from Green provide for using the card for computing. Mining is computing.
Quoting Nvidia: “This option is designed to provide additional performance for non-gaming applications using CUDA cores on second generation Maxwell GPUs. Graphics cards based on other architectures do not use this parameter.” [source]
New video cards like Nvidia’s 10’s, 20’s and 30’s models no longer have compute mode. It was removed for uselessness, because modern drivers are sharpened to work with calculations and games simultaneously.
What errors can occur when installing an Nvidia driver and how to solve them
Before installing drivers, traditionally disable antivirus and turn off everything but the installer. This solves 70% of the problems before they occur.
The occurrence of errors on a fresh build is a sign of hardware problems. After installing the OS, the computer is in a “raw” configuration. When problems occur during driver installation, it indicates that there is a problem with the video card.
Before reinstalling, you must remove traces of previous drivers via DDU. Previously installed, they leave behind residual traces, tails. These parts slow down the system or cause errors if the OS addresses them. Sometimes, when drivers are installed, the video card does not work properly. This situation is typical when the computer had other drivers before.
Here’s a video tutorial on how to download and install the DDU. [link to utility]